Pathways out of poverty: women – the ‘forgotten gender’ – and the Artisanal Fisheries Sector of Sierra Leone

Andy Thorpe, David Whitmarsh, Ranita Sandi, Andrew Baio, Ndomahina Lebbie, Thomas Lebbie, Roberta Curiazi

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Abstract

In a number of low-income countries the fisheries sector has been shown to be instrumental in meeting key development goals, specifically in combating malnutrition, but the crucial contribution of women within this sector has been largely overlooked. This is particularly true in Sierra Leone, despite gender featuring prominently in the country’s poverty reduction strategy. This paper therefore examines the history of female involvement in the sector, how this involvement was transformed by the civil war, and assesses whether the various current initiatives to support women in the post-harvest sector offer a realistic ‘pathway out of poverty’.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)46-61
JournalAfrican Historical Review
Volume45
Issue number1
Early online date14 Jun 2013
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2013

Keywords

  • Fish distribution chain
  • Food security
  • women
  • Poverty alleviation
  • Sierra Leone

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